Why is Web Hosting Important?
Most people utilize websites and blogs to engage with existing clients, to reach potential customers or to simply connect with the world. However, while most people see the value of creating a website with great content, the importance of selecting a good web host is often times overlooked or ignored all together. With this in mind, think of your web host as the foundation and vehicle for how fast and how often your website content is delivered.
But Wait… What Exactly is Web Hosting?
If you have never heard of web hosting prior to reading this post, its ok, your not alone. Web hosting is the driving force behind every website. Without web hosting, you can not have a website. Therefore here are the typical components you should expect with any web hosting account you plan on setting up (as these are all essential to the success of your website).
1. File storage:
The image, text, and design files that make your website look like it does are stored on a server – a computer maintained by your web hosting service. Think of this like a computer you are renting for the sole purpose of storing and accessing your website from anywhere in the world.
2. Software and Tools:
Website stats, email, website builders. Every web hosting account should come equipped with everything you need to manage, build or maintain an already existing website.
3. Uptime and Speed:
The amount of time when your site files are available to visitors is what we refer to as “uptime.” Uptime of 99.9% is the industry standard for web hosts. You don’t want guests to drop by and find that your website is unavailable or moving slower than molasses, expect and demand consistent up-times and availability from your web host.
4. Support and Security:
On the internet, pranksters and criminals are always trying to break into servers, files, and sites to cause mayhem or steal data. Your web host’s security measures protect your site from break-ins, just like your home security system keeps people from breaking into your house. A great web host will ensure the server your website is hosted is well protected, while also providing support for any issues related to your website.
What are the different types of Web Hosting?
There are various web hosting platforms available such as Shared web hosting, VPS (Virtual Private Server) and Dedicated Servers. To help you better understand what web hosting platform might be best for you, here is a break down of 3 platforms that might be ideal if you are just getting started.
Shared Web Hosting (with cPanel)
Generally speaking, shared web hosting is ideal for most starter websites (or low traffic websites). The benefits of using shared web hosting are lower costs and not having to worry about managing the server your website is hosted on. With cPanel, the management of your website is fairly easy.
Unmanaged VPS (Virtual Private Servers) are typically more ideal for the advanced user who needs a little more control over their server environment. If you are proficient in managing your own server and are simply looking for a solid server environment with enterprise grade hardware, than an Unmanaged VPS might be the ideal solution for you.
Fully Managed VPS
Fully Managed VPS (with cPanel) are ideal for websites that have a higher demand for resources (ex: Magento Shopping Carts or busy Forums). With a fully managed VPS you are getting more dedicated resources, with an added bonus of having the server fully managed by Forward Web (this means we handle all aspects of managing your server).
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